Building adaptive capacity to climate change in tropical coastal communities

Cinner, Joshua E., Adger, W. Neil, Allison, Edward H., Barnes, Michele L., Brown, Katrina, Cohen, Philippa J., Gelcich, Stefan, Hicks, Christina C., Hughes, Terry P., Lau, Jacqueline, Marshall, Nadine A., and Morrison, Tiffany H. (2018) Building adaptive capacity to climate change in tropical coastal communities. Nature Climate Change, 8 (2). pp. 117-123.

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Abstract

To minimize the impacts of climate change on human wellbeing, governments, development agencies, and civil society organizations have made substantial investments in improving people's capacity to adapt to change. Yet to date, these investments have tended to focus on a very narrow understanding of adaptive capacity. Here, we propose an approach to build adaptive capacity across five domains: the assets that people can draw upon in times of need; the flexibility to change strategies; the ability to organize and act collectively; learning to recognize and respond to change; and the agency to determine whether to change or not.

Item ID: 52628
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1758-6798
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2018 07:38
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 25%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change @ 25%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability @ 100%
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